SKI SCIENCE: Hidden Valley (PA) has beginner-proofed loading a chairlift

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on December 3, 2009 1:54 pm

Journalistic disclosure: I am a charlift geek

Hidden Valley has something wholly unique in the chairlift world, hence my piqued interest.  According to VP of resort operations, Scott Bender, they’re called a “chairlift loading conveyer.”  Pretty self-explanatory, check the videos above and below.

The system makes a lot of sense.  Mr. Bender explained that with the loading conveyer there are less stoppages of the chairlift.  I can see that, as it’s pretty hard to fall when all you have to do is stand.  Beginner-proof chairlift technology!

The first conveyer at Hidden Valley was installed on the Avalanche lift in 2007.  The following year, the same system was installed on the Blizzard lift.

The Ski Channel’s own Alex Clarey learned to ski at Hidden Valley Resort.   Alex is an inspiration to all overtly tall skiers, that yes, you too can be a terrain park slayer one day. 

 

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